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Pregnancy Weight Concerns - What to Expect

Weight gain during pregnancy is a given, but there is a lot of confusion regarding how much weight gain is ideal during pregnancy. Read on to get all your concerns regarding pregnancy weight answered.

No matter what kind of body shape or size you have, pregnancy is going to change them all. Even though nowadays there is lot of stress on looking and feeling good during pregnancy also, in reality it is difficult. However, by eating well and some
safe exercising during pregnancy, you can have a well maintained body and it will also make you feel good.

Although average weight gain during pregnancy is 11.5 to 16 kilos, it varies from woman to woman. The best approach is to stay healthy, stick to nutritious and healthy food, let yourself go for occasional treats and exercise within your limits and as permitted by the doctor.

Important things to keep in mind

  • Do not opt for any weight loss regime or try to lose weight during pregnancy because inadequate food intake might deprive your child of nutrients needed for his growth.

  • If you have any concern for your weight gain, ask your doctor or dietician

  • Excess weight gain during pregnancy, however, is not good for your health also. It might lead to high blood pressure or high blood sugar.

How to maintain recommended weight gain?

Follow a healthy pregnancy diet and stay away from fast food and fried items as far as possible. Ask your doctor to guide you regarding some exercises that are good during pregnancy. Stay away from the myth that since you are carrying a baby you need to eat for two of you. However, you will require more calories during pregnancy, but is not about eating double of what you used to eat before that.

Gaining more than recommended weight gain

In case of excessive weight gain during pregnancy, the child may be too large and there can be labour complications for both, mother and baby. These women are at higher risk of having a caesarean delivery or premature birth. There is a tendency of gaining weight after pregnancy as well.

Moreover, women who are overweight before pregnancy are at higher risk for complications. Women who are obese before pregnancy find it difficult to start and continue breastfeeding properly. It leads to poor milk production and the mother finds it difficult to position the infant for nursing also.

Gaining less than recommended weight gain

Women who are underweight when they get pregnant or who do not gain enough weight during pregnancy have a tendency of giving birth to a low birth weight baby or risk of delivering a pre-term infant. These can not only cause health problems for the baby but can also be fatal.

Most women, especially if they follow the guidelines properly, tend to gain an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy and do not face any problems during pregnancy or even after child birth. Your doctor will be able to counsel you about the diet and exercise plan that you need to follow in order to keep your weight gain within recommended limits.

Accept the changes going on in body during pregnancy

If you have been struggling with controlling your weight in past, you may find it hard to simply accept the weight gain during this period. It is natural to feel anxious about stepping on the scale when the numbers keep edging up. Try to take into account that this weight gain is good for a healthy pregnancy and those extra kilos can be shed after child birth.

Much of the weight that you have put on during pregnancy will soon be gone after child birth. Usually half of the weight gain during pregnancy is gone within six weeks of childbirth. For the rest, it is advisable to follow a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise, as and when recommended by your doctor. Do not cut down calories right away because you will need lot of energy nursing and taking care of your newborn.

Weight gain during pregnancy is a given, but how much weight gain is too much? Should you exercise during pregnancy? Do you know how your weight gain or loss affects the health of your baby? Discuss here.

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Renuka.5 years ago
Both underweight and overweight are not good for pregnancy. One must try to maintain an ideal weight. I have a thyroid problem so i always had to deal with weight issues. Now I am pregnant, how can I maintain my weight. Please advise
Trevor Ress.5 years ago
I am seven months pregnant and I have gained 10 kgs till now. Is this normal? I do not know if I am unduly concerned or what but I want to have a normal delivery. Please advise.
manita sahu.5 years ago
I always thought that during pregnancy, one has top eat for two but I now realized that this is not true. One should eat healthy and small meals frequently
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